What is Therapeutic Phlebotomy?

Category: Procedures


Therapeutic phlebotomy is drawing blood for the purpose of treating a disease, most often, for iron overload disease known clinically as hemochromatosis or for polycythemia.

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 1
Moderate 4
Mild 3
None 4

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Therapeutic Phlebotomy

Side effect Patients
Fatigue 3
Tiredness 2
Anemia 1
Dizziness 1
Generalized weakness (asthenia) 1
Pain 1


Based on patients currently having Therapeutic Phlebotomy

Dosage Patients
every 12 weeks 2
weekly 2
as needed 1
every 6 months 1
monthly 1
Adherence Evaluations
Always 11
Usually 1
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 3
A little hard to take 4
Not at all hard to take 4
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 5
Not specified 7
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1 patient evaluation for Therapeutic Phlebotomy

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Gender: F
Data Quality: 0 stars
Pain: Some
Fatigue: All
Sleep: All
Stiffness: All
function: None
external_stress: Some
Stickman: all
CFS:?y Dx
FM:6y Dx
I am: vb
I have:

See Kadrilex's full Therapeutic Phlebotomy history

May 25, 2012 (Started May 15, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Hemochromatosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Fatigue. Pain., Fatigue, Pain)
  • Adherence
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: Weekly
Advice & Tips: Drink PLENTY of water. I am also excessively hungry and tired on blood draw days.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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